With the capricious nature of our digital word, an intriguing question is constantly being asked- Are learning communities going to replace physical college degrees or be the new school? Although this might not be a preference for all professionals, there’s a lot of question in whether the traditional education model can keep up with the pace of change within the current corporate environment. So that is where online learning platforms can play a really major role.Read more
Obtaining backlinks is an important part of building out your SEO strategy. When you have a fair number of backlinks from reputable sites, it signals to Google that your site is reputable, too. By establishing yourself as a trustworthy presence on the web, you’ll find your pages getting prioritized in Google’s rankings, ahead of your competitors that are relative unknowns in the Googleverse.
But the prospect of having to round up backlinks can be intimidating. How do you get people to link out to your content, anyway? Well, in many ways, it’s a lot like networking. Here, I’ll show you how to apply your existing networking skills to your backlink building efforts.Read more
Every business has competitors. No business will ever be the only option available to a client or customer. So every brand has to do some work to differentiate themselves from the competition. Why would someone pick you over that other guy or gal down the street? What unique value are you bringing to the table that they just can’t get with anyone else?
This is where storytelling comes in. Sure, there are a number of businesses out there that could theoretically solve your prospect’s problem. But by crafting a compelling brand story, you can differentiate yourself as the brand that understands the problem the best and has the most thoughtful solution to the issue.
There are five key elements to any effective brand story. Here, we’ll share the tips you need to create a statement that sets your business apart.Read more
Some time ago, I posted a poll on my social media page asking business owners “Who is the hero of your business? You or your customer?” It surprised me that half of those who participated did not vouch for the latter.
For the longest time, we’ve been so accustomed to seeing “About Us” sections on websites reading things like “our company has been the industry’s pioneer,” or “we are committed to providing only the best,” or “our product solves problems and reduces costs.” Although there may be truth to all these, shining the spot light on your company instead of your customers is a huge mistake. You can tell these stories with as much zeal and confidence as you’d like, but it will not make customers like or trust you.Read more
For someone so passionate in your area of expertise, it’s usually not writing that forms the bigger challenge when it comes to blogging. In fact, the bigger challenges happen to lie in the other related tasks such as brainstorming ideas/topics, figuring out optimum posting times, the best keywords, themes, CTAs, etc. And yet, all these tasks are crucial to a successful blog (and business).Read more
No matter what size your business is, its success is very dependent on your marketing activities, as much as it is on the operational and sales components. Many business owners, especially SME owners, tend to neglect this while focusing on running the business.
Being a business owner, it’s important to remember though, that if you don’t understand how to create a great customer experience, your customers will not engage with you. This is why learning more about marketing can really help grow and scale up your business.Read more
To do more business or get more referrals from your existing customers is a smart way to grow a business. This is a simple fact most of us seem to forget a little too often. Our clients and prospects are busy. They may not remember to seek us out when they need our products and services. A basic marketing principal is to stay in touch with the people on your list to keep your business healthy. When they need your product or service, your name will be on “top of mind” and your contact information will be at their fingertips.Read more
Entrepreneurs are capable of innovations with no money and no connections. They can start a business with just a computer. Right now, there are multi-million dollar small businesses with no offices, no employees, and no debt. These are exciting times for entrepreneurs. This means that more people can spread their awesome ideas and innovations directly to people faster and further than ever before, thanks to the internet.Read more